Well, blimey. Diary of the Dad is ten years old today. It started as a way of trying out content for a book idea, became a new hobby, then a full-time job, before reverting to a hobby again.
It’s been quite the proverbial rollercoaster. But the one thing that has remained constant is that I’ve always written what I want when I want with no forward planning.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to mark this anniversary by sharing ten of my favourite posts – one from each year.
Dawn of the Dad (2010)
The post that started it all. It was short and to the point with no images and was about why becoming a parent is like being a zombie.
It set the tone for my favourite kind of post – daft whimsy – and I’m so glad I found the courage to hit publish on it.
Moccasins of the father (2011)
I’ve always been a bit old before my time and this one proves it. It’s about my interminable quest to find the perfect pair of slippers.
There’s so much to consider when looking for some comfortable footwear, you know.
I’m turning into my dad (2012)
A bit of a ‘does what it says on the tin’ blog post, but maybe not in the way you might expect. When people realise they’re becoming their parents, they often roll their eyes.
Not me! My dad is a complete legend so I’m taking my inheritance of his foibles as a good thing.
My Postman Pat washing machine hell (2013)
Inevitably, kids’ TV has cropped up regularly on my blog over the last decade. But how many times has a fictional character damaged a domestic appliance?
Here’s how a colleague of Britain’s most useless postie almost resulted in an insurance claim.
One of those days (2014)
Every parent of young children has had more than one day where everything goes so chaotically wrong. And this was one of mine.
It features all the staples of bad days – including a fruitless trip to the shops, a soaking and a toddler attempting to pickpocket a stranger.
The birds and bees – with cuddly toys (2015)
With our third child on the way, we tried to prepare for awkward questions from the other two. A brainwave involving cuddly toys helped somewhat.
But then an abandoned play scene had us wondering whether we should have just told them the gory details instead.
If parenting achievements were gaming achievements (2016)
It happens to all parents who used to enjoy playing video games but are now too tired – they unlock rare achievements in real life.
Have you changed a nappy on a train? Or drank tea while it’s still hot? I have and I’ve got the badges to prove it.
Seven things I hate about autumn (2017)
It’s pertinent given the time of year we’re approaching and the inevitable barrage of pro-autumn posts on social media.
So this is my case against it. Including appearances from spiders, rain and hidden dog mess.
Tired Dad Redemption (2018)
Because you don’t spend this long Photoshopping an already-iconic video game cover and only use it the once. Oh, no.
You’ll be amazed by how many similarities there are between life in the old west and parenting in the 21st century…
Five things I’m still not used to as a parent (2019)
I’ve learned a lot about parenting – and myself – over the last ten years but have always flown by the seat of my pants.
And there are numerous things that I’m still not used to. And that’s completely okay.
So, there you go, ten posts from the archives to celebrate the fact that Diary of the Dad is ten.
Whether you’ve read my bewildered musings over the past decade or this is your first visit, thanks very much for reading.